Michigan: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner headed to Michigan International Speedway with hopes of finishing strong and making up some ground in the point's standings. As the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks unloaded on the racetrack Friday morning, Skinner and his Tundra crew would...

Mike Skinner headed to Michigan International Speedway with hopes of finishing strong and making up some ground in the point's standings.

As the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks unloaded on the racetrack Friday morning, Skinner and his Tundra crew would have their hands full from the word go. Fighting to figure out the problem with his Tundra, Skinner and crew chief, Jeff Hensley made many changes to the No. 5 truck. As the final practice session of the day would end, Skinner's truck would finally have some of the kinks worked out.

Going out fourth in the qualifying order, Skinner put down a blistering lap of 41.156 seconds as he would capture his second pole of the year and his 45th career NCTS pole.

As the 100 lap race would start on Saturday afternoon, Skinner would immediately get loose and would be shuffled back into the sixth position. Having to now work his way back through a very quick field, Skinner would fight his truck to maintain his position.

By lap 25, Skinner's Toyota Tundra had become tight and he would soon need a change. With a long green flag run underway; Skinner along with the rest of the field would dive down pit road for adjustments. Taking four tires, fuel and making a trackbar adjustment, Skinner would get back on the racetrack in the 11th position.

With his truck now slamming the left front spring and shooting him all over the track, Skinner would have his hands full as the second caution of the race would come out. Having to yet again come to pit road for necessary changes, Skinner would again take four tires, fuel, as well as making a trackbar and an air pressure adjustment in order to better his truck.

However, Skinner's truck would still remain terrible on the track and he would have to force himself to remain calm in order to move through the field.

With the second to last caution of the race flying on lap 58, Skinner would come to pit road again for more changes. Making a trackbar adjustment and taking fuel only, Skinner would restart the race in the second position on lap 61.

Once again having to fight his truck on the Michigan based track, Skinner would eventually become frustrated and fall back in the field. As the race would end, Skinner would cross the line in the eighth position, his eighth top-10 of the year.

Skinner and the rest of the Craftsman Truck Series will race again this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner